What is this blog about?
All TECHgether Now! is a blog two related things: 1) teaching computing for all, with the goal of avoiding discrimination, 2) volunteer work with this goal in the world’s largest professional organization in the area of technology and computing.
Working for inclusion in computing education involves aiming to make the teaching of computing a practice where all can develop and thrive as professionals, regardless of their gender, socioeconomical background, etc. All TECHgether Now! has a strong focus on gender, so some posts are included in this area, even if they are not directly exclusively related to computing.
Virginia Grande presents in this blog her research and her thoughts on other people’s work, together with her experience as a volunteer for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Who writes this blog?
Virginia Grande is a PhD student in Computing Education Research, under the supervision of Mats Daniels (main supervisor), Anders Berglund and Arnold Pears. The four of them belong to the Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG).
At the moment Virginia Grande is looking at role models in computing education. More broadly, inclusive teaching, culture, and professional competencies are her main research interests in the field.
Virginia Grande combines her research with volunteer work in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which she started during her undergraduate studies. In particular, she is very active in the ACM Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W). Her roles are/have been:
- Chair of the ACM-W Europe working group on ACM Celebrations of Women in Computing in the continent
- European representative at the ACM-W Chapters Committee (ended in 2017)
- Communications Officer of the ACM Council of European Chapter Leaders (ended in 2016)
- Co-chair of ACM womENcourage Celebration of Women in Computing (2015)